The issue I have with Modern UI is that it is a tablet UI. I would have replaced my (former) iPhone 4 with a Windows Phone if I wanted to deal with Modern UI. Modern UI makes perfect sense for a tablet or smartphone. It makes NO sense on a desktop or a notebook for obvious reasons. Even if you have a laptop with a touchscreen, such as a Lenovo Yoga, a proper desktop is still best when it comes to true multitasking and actually doing real work on a PC (whether one is playing Crysis 3 or working on an Excel spreadsheet and PowerPoint presentation).
Modern UI: I will pass on that.
Well, then pass on it. For desktops Win7 is still a good OS - it will continue to work with all current hardware as well as future hardware for at least next few years, it has DX11 (many "modern" games are still "stuck" with DX9), it will still be able to run stand-alone programs by just about every sofware developer who supports Windows (except the absolutely redundant and severely feature-lacking Win8 "apps") and it doesn't FORCE you to adapt to Fisher-Price mobile GUI or rely on 3rd-party applications to make it behave the way YOU like
As for pre-installed Win8 on laptops - well, just try out several programs mentioned in that Ars article and see which one you prefer, problem (partially) solved!
As for people who got suckered in into upgrading to Win8 and now trying to publically "like" it (in order to "silence" their own inner ever-gnawing "doubt about making rational purchase") - just ignore them
Be an individual, not a sheeple, and decide for YOURSELF what YOU prefer!
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